Flight attendants confess: We’re nicer to well-dressed passengers

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    Hmm so i should tell my gf to stop wearing a hoodie & sweat pants on flights huh.
     
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    No comment ;)
     
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    I generally get pissed off whenever I see flight attendants being rude to a passenger. It doesn't matter if I'm that passenger. So maybe they should just be polite to everyone.
     
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    :confused: Where is the article did it say anything about the FAs being rude?
     
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    :eek: I wonder how the FA's are going to treat this guy!

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    Doesn't matter. He's not getting through the metal detector!
     
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    If the TSA remembers to plug it in.

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    What happened to service with a smile? Flight attendants from yesteryear weigh in


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    Providing special treatment to one group of people implies being rude to the rest, but you're right, that wasn't made explicit.

    Someone's going to ask, "So you think getting special treatment as an elite member of a loyalty program is rude to everyone who isn't?" I guess the answer is, yeah, you've got a point. But at least that special treatment is clearly publicized.
     
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    I generally don't see FAs being rude to passengers. I can think of maybe one or two instances.
     
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    Well, fortunately for him they now have those newfangled nudeoscopes. You should visit an airport one of these days :)
     
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    People in general are nicer to people who are well dressed. Being the casual bum when I travel I have never encountered anyone that treated me poorly because of it, but I do see a difference in treatment for someone wearing a suit and tie. I will say that since becoming an exp on American, the flight attendants seem to go out of their way to please me. Sometimes I would almost rather be left alone, but I would probably complain if that really happened.
     
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    If my daughter ever showed up with him, I can tell you how I would treat him.
     
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    either that or travel with Mark Zuckerberg
     
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    Perhaps just dump/change the gf.
     
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    FWIW I usually travel in business casual and try to be polite at all times. It costs me nothing. And the FA at least gets treated like a human being on the way by. And that is reward enough.
     
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    So I am supposed to wear a suit and tie for the hours and hours of DCA-YYZ-SCL-EZE in order to get better service? And since when does service matter - I thought the FAs were there for our safety?
     
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    I always wondered if FAs actually know if a passenger is traveling on miles or paid?or just guess from the way people dress on board?

    Recently I flew SQ and TG business class with my two year old from US to ASIA, with him on his own seat (award miles), and there were SO many confused faces of passengers and FAs... It was quite funny to look at them passing by him and wondering what on earth is he doing in business class... :D

    SQ FAs were great to the little one and treated him really well, even played with him but I know they also do that in economy class as well. TG was a little more reserved in treating him as a "regular" passenger, passing him by when it comes to towels and food! I had to actually asked them to give him a towel and food/drink a time or two, minus the alcohol of course. For short TG flights, they just totally ignored him except for the FA that doesn't speak English, was nice enough to give him a toy.
     
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    Clearly he would be well treated. All that gold is easily worth more than my suit. So he obviously paid top dollar for his business seat :D. He likely also has multiple "revenue" streams.
     
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    Since when is any of this news....?????

    :rolleyes:
     
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    So can I... its called shotgun treatment. He runs away (quickly) or else I shoot the sorry MF.
     
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    I'm shocked, shocked to find out that favoritism goes on in customer service environments!

    Should it happen? Not just based on cabin crew preference, no. The slim, attractive, Armani-clad attorney in F should not get extra attention at the expense of the F passenger who's retired, shaves approximately whenever it occurs to him, and who wears sweats and sneakers for the ride. Not on the basis of attractiveness or attire, anyway. If the manifest indicates that Mr. Armani buys walk-up F fares and the retiree doesn't, then there is a business case for Mr. Armani to be the object of extra fawning and I'm down with that.

    First impressions are key, whether you're airborne or chairborne. Attire and attractiveness get better treatment. It happens every day. Welcome to the world.

    Addendum: I am not the slim, attractive, Armani-clad attorney in this scenario.
     
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    don't visit the AA forum, whatever you do.
     
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